Recipe for a Safe Thanksgiving Trip
From resqme, Inc.
- Prep your car – check fluids, wipers, lights, and tires
- Prep yourself – get a good night’s sleep and know your route
- Prep the family – pack activities for the kids
- Buckle Up – that means everyone
- Watch the weather – adjust your plan accordingly
- Be patient – rushing just isn’t worth it
Makes 1 whole safe holiday road trip
Serves the entire extended family
Share this recipe with your loved ones and enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.
- 1 complete plan (know when and where you are going)
- 1 map (or substitute with GPS or smart phone app)
- 1 copilot (recommended for long drives)
- 2-3 activities for the children (as needed) – drivers and copilots can become distracted trying to entertain the children.
- 1 generous dose of patience – to offset the combination of heavy traffic, fatigue, and anticipation.
- Pack your bags into the car the night before your trip to avoid a delayed and rushed departure.
- Familiarize yourself with your route. Look it up before you begin driving. If you need clarification en route, pull over or ask your copilot. Don’t read directions while driving.
- For best results, prepare yourself with a good night’s sleep the night before.
Leave earlier, drive slower, live longer.
By Andre Smith
The problem of drinking and driving is a worldwide issue, and each year people are killed or seriously injured because of someone’s decision to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car. Educational programs have helped in some ways, but regardless of how many warnings and statistics are espoused, people still make the decision to drink and drive. Part of the explanation as to why this is can be found in sociology and the fact that people in social situations will do anything, including drink and drive, to avoid embarrassment. Rather than say they need to wait an hour to drive, they’ll simply say “I’m fine,” and most of the time the people at the gathering will not object. This is a dangerous situation to be in, not only for the soon-to-be drunk driver, but for everyone on the road, as well.
Fortunately, there are many things that can be done on everyone’s part to help make driving on the roads safer and to avoid a terrible accident. Whether you’re a party host, a driver, an attendee at an event, or someone on the road that witnesses drunk driving in action, there are measures you can take to prevent a serious accident from occurring. Here are 10 ways you can help save lives.
1. Be Responsible
DUI attorneys all over the world, from California, in the United States to Queensland, Australia, see the detrimental effects of a few ill-conceived decisions as they represent those who have been charged with DUI or DWI offenses. In Queensland, Australia, the legal limit of driving is much lower than it is in the United States and many other countries, and their laws are stricter as far as penalties given to those who break the laws. But regardless of where you are and what the law is, being responsible is the number one way you can help avoid an accident. Being responsible while drinking means quitting long before you leave, or making other arrangements; as an observer it means doing what you can to prevent drunk driving and to report it to the proper authorities when you see it; and as a party host, it means taking all the measures you can to ensure that drunk driving is not a possibility at your event.
2. Appoint a Designated Driver
Decide ahead of time who will be the designated driver in your group. If you’re hosting a party, have a couple of people willing to drive others home if they’re too intoxicated to drive themselves. It is estimated by some that each year in America alone, 73 million people utilize or volunteer to be designated drivers. Social stigma has changed, and using or offering to be a designated driver is no longer an oddity, it’s the norm. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to drive you home, and if you don’t drink or simply want to help out, offer to be a designated driver.
3. Call a Taxi
Taxi fees are usually not that high, and calling a taxi can help ensure you get home safely. In fact, many taxi companies will offer to take you home for free if you are intoxicated, especially on nights such as New Year’s Eve when many people will be drinking.
4. Take the Keys
If you are at a party and you can see that one or a few people are quite intoxicated, or even a little buzzed, be sure to take their keys. If they have their keys, ask them to hand them over. If they get mad, it’s probably just an indication that you’re doing the right thing. Better yet, those who plan to drink should hand over their keys at the beginning of the night to the designated drivers.
5. Have Non-Alcoholic Options
For every alcoholic option you offer at your party, be sure you have water, juice, and other non-alcoholic options available, as well. Many people who start drinking alcohol continue drinking it because there isn’t much else available. Having other options can help avoid a drunk driving situation.
6. Don’t Pressure Guests to Drink
Never encourage drinking. Having drinks available is one thing, but encouraging or pressuring guests to drink is a recipe for disaster. If people who weren’t planning to drink feel socially pressured to do so, they may not have a backup plan on how to get home and choose to drive anyway.
7. Stop Serving Alcohol in Advance
If your party ends at midnight, stop serving alcohol at 10 o’clock or earlier. By cutting off the alcoholic beverages long before the party is over, you can prevent some people from drinking and driving and allow others to sober up before leaving.
8. Serve Food
A big mistake that many party hosts make is offering lots of alcohol, but not offering any food. A high amount of alcohol mixed with not enough food is a recipe for getting very drunk, very quickly. Some studies have shown that offering high protein food can help make guests feel full so they won’t drink as much, but only time can sober a person up.
9. Have a Bartender
Allowing guests to mix their own drinks is a big mistake. If you are the host, you have a right to control how much alcohol people are going to have. Utilize a trustworthy person to be the “bartender” for the night so he or she can keep an eye out for others and restrict alcohol after a certain point.
10. Call the Police
If you are driving and you see someone driving suspiciously or it is very clear they are under the influence, call the authorities immediately. Don’t drive too close to them, and do not, under any circumstances, try to stop the car on your own. Report the drunk driver and let the authorities do their job. You’re saving lives, as well as your own.
Know the Signs
While these tips can help keep you and others safe, knowing the signs of a drunk driver on the road is also imperative. After all, you can’t call the police if you aren’t sure how to identify drunk driving. Sometimes it is very obvious, but other times there are subtle indicators that someone has had alcohol or other drugs before driving. Here are some of the tell-tale signs of drinking and driving:
- wide turns and weaving
- straddling the center line
- driving unnecessarily slow
- braking for no apparent reason
- driving at dark with no headlights
By knowing the signs, calling the authorities, keeping an eye out for your friends, hosting a responsible party, and making arrangements ahead of time for your transportation, you can save many lives, including your own. Enjoying yourself is certainly not a crime, but getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking is, and taking a few simple steps can help ensure that adverse consequences are not experienced.
About The Author
Andre is a marketing consultant from Brisbane, Australia. His two great passions are cars and football. He is also a blogger and has written a number of automotive articles that you can read on his Google+ page.
According to the World Health Organization’s recent 2013 Global Status Report on Road Safety, “worldwide the total number of road traffic deaths remains unacceptably high at 1.24 million per year.” The report indicates that only 28 countries have comprehensive safety laws that cover key risk factors. The report is to serve as a “baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly.”
Part of resqme, Inc.’s mission statement is to provide the latest in safety information regarding road and highway safety. Below is an infographic by WHO detailing facts regarding road injuries.
A staggering 1.24 million road traffic deaths occur each year. To view additional infographics in English, as well as Spanish and French, please visit here. The infographics also detail key risk factors which include:
1. Drinking and driving,
3. Failing to use motorcycle helmets
4. Failing to use seat-belts
5. Failing to use child restraints.
According to a press release statement from earlier this year, the report also “highlights the importance of issues such as vehicle safety standards; road infrastructure inspections; policies on walking and cycling; and aspects of pre-hospital care systems. It also indicates if countries have a national strategy which sets measurable targets to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads.” The report also indicates groups who are most at risk for road safety deaths including: young people, pedestrians, and those living in the WHO Africa Region.
The life-saving awareness and critical information the report provides will hopefully affect change at levels of government who are in charge of road safety regulation and legislation. Millions of innocent lives can be saved with fundamental understanding of risks and how to prevent them.
The resqme team spent last weekend in Las Vegas at the annual SEMA Show. resqme, Inc. exhibited for the first time at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) from November 5-8, 2013. The SEMA Show is the “the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world” and resqme, Inc. was eager to feature the resqme tool’s capabilities with live demonstrations.
First day was spent unpacking and getting the booth and location ready. Busy but quiet day before the show!
The resqme team on the first few days at the booth meeting other exhibitors and potential clients. From left to right: Kevin, Veronique-Director of Sales, Sonia-Social Media Consultant, France-Sales Account Manager, Laurent-President and Founder.
Laurent met up with long-time client, Masami Akiyama, Owner of GM Company Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan.
Laurent also met up with Christophe Bares, President of Billat, a French company specializing in automotive accessories and who helps distribute the resqme tool.
As part of the booth exhibition throughout the week at SEMA Show 2013, the resqme, Inc. team encouraged participants to demo the resqme tool. Check out our Facebook page to watch the demos or click on each video below.
We also had Ronnie Harris aka Madd Dogg for VegasAllNetRadio.com stop by the booth and shoot a demo video with France, our Sales Account Manager.
Towards the end of the week, Enrick, our Director of Operations, joined us for SEMA Show 2013.
From left to right: Laurent-Founder and President, Veronique-Director of Sales, France-Sales Account Manager, Enrick-Director of Operations, and Sonia-Social Media Consultant.
It was a fun show and it was great to meet new clients and other exhibitors. Thanks to everyone and especially the resqme team for a job well done!
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-The resqme team
resqme, Inc. is proud to work with United Hatzalah of Israel. This past August, resqme, Inc. made a donation of 2400 resqme tools to United Hatzalah of Israel, the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization in Israel. The goal of United Hatzalah is to reduce emergency response time and save as many lives as they can.
Recently, resqme, Inc. Founder and President, Laurent Colasse, after viewing a CNN segment on United Hatzalah, decided he could help by sending resqme tools to be used by volunteer first responders. Colasse, motivated by a need to help save lives, contacted United Hatzalah and offered the resqme tools. Colasse is dedicated to helping saves lives around the world and hopes the resqme tool can help United Hatzalah volunteers “when seconds count…” Response time is key in saving lives and the faster help arrives, the better the chances for those in need. resqme, Inc., as part of the Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel network is proud to support their mission: To save as many lives as possible.
United Hatzalah founder, Eli Beer, realizing that Israel did not have a conventional centralized first responder network hoped to incorporate the Hatzalah model already established in the United States by the Hasidic Jewish community in New York. Hatzalah means “rescue” or “relief” in Hebrew. Founded in 2006, United Hatzalah is now comprised of over 2000 volunteers who are either EMTs, paramedics, or doctors who are able to respond in under three minutes to any medical emergency in their immediate area. Today, United Hatzalah helps to break down barriers within Israeli society as Jewish and non-Jewish, male and female, religious and secular, work together to save as many lives as they can.
United Hatzalah of Israel, using “a proprietary GPS based deployment technology identifies the most qualified and closest volunteer to an emergency, maximizing efficient allocation of resources and minimizing response times. Fully equipped ambucycles travel nimbly through traffic, narrow alleys and obstructed roadways to bring all the necessary medical equipment an ambulance carries to the scene of an emergency.” Last year alone, United Hatzalah “treated 207,000 people–more than 42,000 of them in life-threatening conditions,” says Beer. “We got there in under three minutes and made a huge difference.”
Laurent Colasse and resqme, Inc. hope the resqme tools will aid United Hatzalah as part of their lifesaving efforts. Making a difference can start with just one person volunteering to help. To learn more about United Hatzalah, please visit here.
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BLOG FRENCH: http://www.resqme.com/FR/blog/?p=68